The lament of a young woman forced by her mother to marry an
older man for money. By Robert Burns.
Hear this song performed by Aspograss of Plockton (Hannah
on vocals, Lauren on clarinet, Coralea on fiddle, Aoife on clarsach, Murdo on
accordion, plus special guests Struan on saxophone and Calum on guitar)
What can a young lassie, what shall a young lassie
What can a young lassie dae wi an auld man?
Bad luck on the penny that tempted my minnie
Tae sell her puir Jenny for siller an land
He's always complainin frae mornin till evenin
He hoasts and he hirples the weary day lang
He's doylt an he's dosin, his blood it is frozen
Oh dreary's the night wi a crazy auld man
He hums and he hankers, he frets and he cankers
I never can please him, dae aa that I can
He's peevish an jealous o aa the young fellows
Oh weary's my life wi me crazy auld man*
My auld auntie Kitty, upon me taks pity
I'll dae my endeavour tae follow her plan
I'll cross him an wrack him, until I hairt-brak him
And then his auld brass will buy me a new pan
* (Burns wrote this line as 'Oh dool on the day I met wi an
The group are called Aspograss, who explain that, “We
started to arrange this song during our annual Burns music weekend in January.
We have to arrange a Burns song in a day and play it that evening. (Tutor
Sylvia Barnes) suggested this song to the band, but she probably didn’t
anticipate that we would come up with the type of arrangement for it that we
This site is created and maintained by Ewan McVicar.
This site is to replace the Education Scotland Scotland's Songs site that was 'taken down' in January 2017.